Kansas State University and the Department of Applied Human Sciences, within the College of Health and Human Sciences, is seeking to hire a Director for theCenter for Child Development (CCD). This position reports to the Applied Human Sciences Department Head and is responsible for planning, organizing, implementing, coordinating, and controlling the services of the early childhood education program, exercising independent judgement and decision-making authority, including fiscal management, policies, procedures and staff supervision. The Director operates the program to conform to the Kansas Institute for Early Childhood Education and Research (KIECER) vision, the National Association for the Education’s (NAEYC) Academy of Early Childhood Programs’ accreditation standards, Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) regulations, Division of Children and Families (DCF), and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) requirements. The Center serves as the clinical training site for the preservice teacher education program in early childhood education-unified and meets Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) program approval requirements and the national accreditation standards of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
The work of the Director involves a mixture of leadership and management responsibilities, including budgeting, community outreach, and child and staff recruitment. Competencies are needed to provide both operational and pedagogical leadership to the program. Responsible oversight includes that accountability and assurance is met through the following duties:
Oversee a learning community using recommended practices for all children that includes those with disabilities and families of diverse cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and socio-economic backgrounds
Consistent, transparent communication with staff and families through multiple methods of communication: email, phone, meetings, newsletters, video, etc.
Administrative oversight and observation of staff, interaction techniques, environmental setting, and compliance of KDHE licensing regulations and NAEYC accreditation competencies
Frequent, regular communication with Applied Human Sciences (AHS) Department Head regarding quality assurance measures, program accomplishments, performance assessment goals, grant reports and other program information as determined
Direct supervision, coordination, and evaluation of administrative staff, including these positions: Assistant Director, Enrollments Specialist, HR Specialist, and Senior Administrative Assistant
Develop and/or update written policies and operating procedures based on relevant regulations including KDHE, CACFP, NAEYC, DCF, KSDE, and CAEP
Develop, propose and implement CCD budget following University and departmental guidelines for review to the AHS Department Head
Prepare program grant proposals and direct program operations in a manner consistent with the requirements of partner or funder contractual agreements, regulations, and funding documents
Coordinate and determine personnel actions such as employment, retention, promotion, and termination based on recommendations from appropriate personnel
Implement internal and external reporting systems and procedures for monitoring and controlling fiscal and programmatic activities within the guidelines established by the University, state, and accrediting bodies
Use evaluation data to inform decisions to maintain, correct, and/or improve delivery of program services
Engage with KIECER Director and stakeholders in collaboration with state and national early childhood organizations
Engage with Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities (KCCTO) to support staff professional development and training
Engage in University and community partnerships and networking
Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.
Why Join Us:
The Department of Applied Human Sciences is dedicated to making a difference in people’s lives through research, teaching, engagement, outreach, service, and clinical intervention. Our faculty, staff, and supervised student specialists provide direct services and outreach to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families through many programs, including the Center for Child Development (CCD) as part of the larger Kansas Institute for Early Childhood Education and Research (KIECER). KIECER’s mission is to generate knowledge and apply the science of child development to education, research, policy, and practice for young children and their families and engage the communities in which they live and grow. We are committed to providing a rich and deep understanding of early childhood development informed by theory, research, and evidence-based practices.
The Center for Child Development (CCD) serves as the clinical training site for students enrolled in the state-approved and nationally accredited undergraduate preservice teacher education program in early childhood education; provides quality childcare to K-State and the larger campus community; is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); is licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), and meets high-quality food service standards of the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
The College of Health and Human Sciences is home to six academic departments (Applied Human Sciences; Food, Nutrition, Dietetics & Health; Hospitality Management; Interior Design & Fashion Studies; Personal Financial Planning; and Kinesiology) and three academic units (Interdisciplinary Program in Gerontology, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, and General Human Ecology Studies). In addition, the college received approval from the Kansas Board of Regents to begin a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. The College enrolls roughly 2,800 students (graduate and undergraduate) and employs more than 115 full-time faculty members in teaching, research, and Extension positions (https://www.hhs.k-state.edu/). The College is committed to promoting research, scholarship, creative activity, and discovery with a strategic and cohesive focus on health and human behavior.
Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit: https://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits
Equal Employment Opportunity:
Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.
Background Screening Statement:
In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.
How to Apply:
Applications must be submitted through the following Kansas State University job posting link to be considered:
Inquiries about the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Jennifer Francois, Ph.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: CCD Director Search.
Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education/child development with at least 9 credit hours in administration-related coursework, per NAEYC accreditation requirements
Minimum one year as program director in a center licensed for more than 24 children, or one year as an assistant program director in a center licensed for more than 100 children, per state licensing regulations
Five to 10 years of relevant experience
M.S. or Ph.D. in early childhood education/child development
3-5 years’ experience as a program director in a licensed early childhood program
1-3 years' experience as an assistant director or program manager in a licensed childcare program and/or 1-3 years' experience as a classroom teacher in an early childhood setting
Demonstrated ability of successful oral and written communication, in both formal and informal settings
Experience in budget planning, financial management, and reporting
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment
About Kansas State University
Kansas State University is a comprehensive research, land-grant institution serving students, the people of Kansas, the nation and the world. Since its founding in 1863, the university has evolved into a modern institution of higher education, committed to quality programs, and responsive to a rapidly changing world and the aspirations of an increasingly diverse society.